Weary Biden pummeled after saying ‘don’t call them tornadoes anymore’ and other head-scratchers

Nearly eight months into his presidency and inundated with one crisis after another, from the out-of-control humanitarian crisis on the southern border to the disastrous exit from Afghanistan, 78-year-old President Joe Biden seems tired. And confused.

While his stamina appears to be a problem, there’s a growing concern that cognitive decline is at the root of Biden’s struggles.

Looking exhausted, the president made several head-scratching remarks on Tuesday while surveying Hurricane Ida’s damage in New York and New Jersey, with the most bizarre comment being that we don’t call tornadoes “tornadoes” anymore.

Never mind that Biden described Nevada as being in the “middle of the country” — to be fair, as Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean noted, Biden was talking about “a derecho in Nevada, Iowa. An honest mistake.”

If that wasn’t bad enough, at another point when pushing the left’s climate change agenda — which accounts for much of the unprecedented $3.5 trillion spending bill Democrats are trying to shove through — Biden said the US must ensure electricity generated zero emissions by the year “2020.”

Following the Democratic Party’s tried and true script of first creating a crisis to enact policy change, the frail commander in chief declared that climate change has reached “code red” stage.

“And so, folks, we got to listen to the scientists and the economists and the national security experts. They all tell us this is code red; the nation and the world are in peril. And that’s not hyperbole. That is a fact,” he proclaimed.

As for whether he blew the line , misread the teleprompter, or there was a typo, here’s the White House transcript of his emissions remark:

“We are determined — we are determined that we are going to deal with climate change and — and have zero emissions — net emissions by 2050.  By 2020 [2050], make sure all our electricity is zero emissions.  We’re going to be able to do these things, but we’ve got to move.  We’ve got to move.  And we’ve got to move the rest of the world.  It’s not just the United States of America.”

 

With Biden’s approval rating taking a beating over his humiliating surrender to the Taliban, Washington Post White House reporter Ashley Parker did her bit in helping the president rehabilitate his image.

Using Tuesday’s tour, Parker wrote that this allowed Biden to “to project his political calling cards — competence and compassion.”

“In his first year in office, Biden has embraced natural disasters, traveling to snow- and rain- and wind-ravaged communities on trips that not only fulfill his basic duties as president, but also allow him to demonstrate what he casts as his signature calling cards — compassion and competence,” she penned. “The president’s handling of such disasters also lets him push a message that has been central to his appeal since he was a candidate: That government can work for its people and that bipartisanship, at least in moments of crisis, still exists.”

Remarkable prose for a president who left hundreds of Americans behind enemy lines in Afghanistan, placing their fate in the hands of a brutal, primitive militant force.

With a reference to Hurricane Katrina and the impact on then-President George W. Bush, Parker would conclude: “For Biden — who promised the nation competence, empathy and bipartisanship if elected — storm visits offer a rare potion of all three. But they, too, are not without peril.”

All of the above made for a rich target area for social media users… here’s a sampling of some of those responses from Twitter:

Tom Tillison

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